Who can apply
Thank you for your interest in Tartu International School!
We admit students of any nationality and mother tongue. Knowledge of the English language is not required. We offer both English and Estonian as a second language or native language. There are no exams or tests to enter TIS.
Admission is based on the candidate’s documents and an admission meeting between the representatives of the school, the student, and his/her family. We look for candidates and parents who are committed to the school’s vision, mission, and philosophy; who are motivated/determined to succeed in our programmes; who are internationally minded; who would benefit academically and personally from the curriculum of Tartu International School; and whose qualities would enrich the community of TIS and be a positive contribution to it.
Admission for the Academic Year 2021/2022
Tartu International School admits students from ages 1½ to 15. Children (local or international) who are aged between 6 and 7 years old by 1st September are admitted to Grade 1. The admission period lasts from 1st January 2021 until 1st June 2021.
1st January 2021 – Admission opens;
January to May 2021 – Working period for the Admission Board (This time involves Skype or face-to-face interviews with families, questions–answers, and the preparation of documents);
1st June 2021 – The end of the admission period.
We recognize that not all international applications can be submitted within the given timeframes. In this case, please contact the principal via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation
In the event that places are available, we admit students to Grades 1 to 9 and Kindergarten throughout the academic year.
For admission, the following documents are needed:
- The Online Registration Form for TIS, available here;
- A written application submitted to the Principal;
- A copy of the child’s birth certificate;
- A report card or description of development, in English, from the child’s previous school or childcare institution.
All documents (except the Online Registration Form) should be sent to email@example.com.
Our open morning gives an overview of what your child can experience and achieve when they become part of our diverse academic family. It offers an opportunity to talk to the principal and teachers, meet fellow students, take a tour of our freshly renovated facilities, see our warm and welcoming atmosphere, learn more about our IB programme, and gain a real insight into school life at Tartu International School. Come along and see what our professional faculty, beautiful surroundings, and modern facilities have to offer.
NB. In-person open mornings are currently cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the school will host a virtual open morning instead.
Our taster days give your child the opportunity to experience a school day at Tartu International School. They get to meet their teachers and join their age group for three lessons and activities. The taster day can be for an individual (an individual student trying out life at TIS before final enrolment), or for a group of children who are to be admitted to the school.
NB. Taster days are cancelled right now due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Families who are interested in enrolling their children at the moment are offered an individual online meeting instead.
How to apply step by step
To start or change school is a big step, especially internationally. We therefore aim to support your family throughout this process. Please find below our step-by-step information outlining the typical admission process.
Step 1: Inquiry. We´ll be there to answer any questions you may have about the school. Families who are already located in Estonia are welcome to visit us after making the first inquiry.
Step 2: Submission of admission documents. The list of documents that are needed for admission is listed above on this page. All admission documents can be sent electronically.
Step 3: Meeting with the family. We look forward to meeting our new families before an academic year starts. Visits can be arranged either before or after the submission of documents.
Step 4: Administration. A schooling contract between the school and family will be signed before the start of the academic year. The contract and fee invoice will be sent to parents electronically.
Step 5: New beginnings at TIS. Welcome to the TIS community! Within the first month we pay lots of attention to student adjustment. The initial grade placement is based on a student’s birthday. The school applies a four-week observation period after admitting a student. During this period, the teachers, school counsellor and parents observe in close collaboration how the student is doing academically and socially. Grade placements can be adjusted by the Teachers´ Council in the best interest of a student.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case of any questions!